When people use Christ as a justification for hatred and violence we must speak instead of love.
It is tempting for us to be silent, to say we are welcoming of all people, but to keep our heads down, and not say anything that invites argument or dispute or puts us in the firing line. But to be silent in the face of such great wrong can be seen as collusion, or agreement.
If we say we believe that God so loved the world, that he sent his only son that we might have eternal life, then the God we are speaking of is one that has love so vast and so profound that it encompasses even us when we are confused, angry and afraid. How much more clear is it then, that God would love those who love one another, even in the face of persecution.
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